Local Events

Digital Animalities Exhibition

Special reception for SLSA delegates on Friday the 16th

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Contact Gallery
80 Spadina Ave #205, Toronto, ON M5V 2J4

Digital Animalities Exhibition flyer

Digital Animalities is a two-venue exhibition of artworks exploring human animal interactions in an age of risk. Digital technologies have been reshaping human understandings of animals and transforming the possibilities for human-animal relations. Artists have been at the forefront of exploring these challenges, using the languages and forms of artistic practice to stage, explore, and intervene in these emerging situations. These works present a range of approaches to the themes. They offer models for understanding new possibilities provided by new technologies, critiques of implicit tendencies in the workings and organizations of these technologies, and classifications and frameworks for orienting ourselves to these new possibilities.

Loosely organized under two major tendencies presented in the works, Mapping and Rendering, the two venues present complementary experiences of the evolving space of animality in contemporary digital culture. At the John B. Aird Gallery, the theme of Mapping brings together works by Julie Andreyev and Simon Lysander Overstall, Jonathon Keats, Gwen McGregor, Neozoon, Ken Rinaldo, Lou Sheppard, and Donna Szoke that suggest how new cartographies organize and orient us. At the CONTACT Gallery, the theme of Rendering brings together works by Sara Angelucci, Ingrid Bachmann, Maria Fernanda Cardosa, Wally Dion, and Aki Inamota that reveal digital technology’s ability to scan and re-assemble aspects of reality. Curated by Giovanni Aloi and Matthew Brower, Digital Animalities is part of a SSHRC funded research project entitled “Digital Animalies: Media Representations of Nonhuman Life in the Age of Risk” led by Jody Berland of York University.

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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

The Royal Ontario Museum, Canada’s largest museum of art, culture and nature, is offering a promo code for a discount off our regular rates to the attendees of the 32nd Annual SLSA Conference.

During your conference, save 20% off per person to their permanent galleries and feature exhibition, Spiders: Fear & Fascination, June 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019, which showcases one of nature’s most ingenious predators in this highly interactive exhibition.

To save 20% off general admission and feature exhibitions like Spiders: Fear & Fascination, buy your tickets at rom.on.ca and enter the promo code: TORONTO.